Selcuk Acar is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology. He joined UNT in 2020 following his work at two different centers on creativity research: Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development and the International Center for Studies in Creativity. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, concentrating on Gifted and Creative Education. He holds his M.A. from Istanbul University in Gifted Education and B.A. in Educational Sciences from Bogazici University. His primary research focus includes divergent thinking, assessment of creativity, creative leadership, and identification of the gifted and talented.
Dr. Acar published some of his articles in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Gifted Child Quarterly, Creativity Research Journal, Thinking Skills and Creativity, and The Journal of Creative Behavior. He also contributed to several major outlets such as Cambridge Handbook of Creativity and the Encyclopedia of Creativity. He serves on the editorial or review board of The Journal of Creative Behavior, Journal of Advanced Academics, Gifted Education International, and Creativity Research Journal. Currently, Dr. Acar leads a 3-year research grant (2020-2013) funded by the Institute of Education Sciences to develop a new measure of original thinking for elementary school children named MOTES.